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Why does it hurt to speak?

I am finding it hard to speak for the last 6 or 7 weeks.

Ok I had a chest infection (bad cough) in June 2019. Waited until August to see a doctor (I know a bit silly). The dr gave me antibiotics for 10 days. They helped a little bit but not much so I figured it was viral. Still had the cough 3 months later in December so went back to the dr but complained it was getting a bit hard to speak, hard to explain but just raspy when I spoke, a little uncomfortable. He gave me more antibiotics but with steroids to take for 7 days, he wasn’t too interested in my voice for some reason as I wasn’t “hoarse”. Again the drugs helped a little but not fully. So in January I went back to my doctor because it was getting painful when I spoke, painful to the extent I was noticing it. The dr asked if I ever have acid reflux and I said yes do she said it’s burning my throat and prescribed me some antacids PPIs. I took them for 2 weeks but the voice was getting worse. I then went to an ENT in the ear, nose and throat hospital for a second opinion. They looked with a camera scope and said my vocal cords are very red and inflamed. She also told me to take PPIs. So now 3 weeks later my inflammation is still not going down and I’m not having any episodes of acid.

Does anyone know what this could be?
Is it really from GERD as I am not having any acid reflux?
Is there a reason why the inflammation won’t subside?
Could the inflammation be linked to that horrible chest infection?
Is there any other reasons why inflammation is not going down?
Why does it feel like glass is stuck in my vocal cords?
If it’s from GERD shouldn’t I be seeing some improvement by now?

Please help I haven’t spoken in 3 days to try and ease the inflammation. I’m worried and my kids need me to speak, let alone my job!
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Hello and welcome to the forum.  Please continue to work with your doctor including your ENT for the best information specific to your situation.  GERD or acid reflux can be silent and symptoms don't always appear the same for every person.  It can be confusing.  GERD can cause the issues with your voice and the inflammation that has been shown via looking at your vocal cords.  True, allergies, smoking, infection could also cause that type of inflammation.  In fact, there are many things.  Here is a list to look through. https://www.webmd.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/why-am-i-losing-my-voice#1  However, to rule out the issue of GERD, it would usually take a little longer of treating it than two weeks.  

Is there any update now that another week has passed?
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Hi, thanks for your reply.

Update. I saw my ENT dr 5 days ago. He looked at my throat with a scope. He said I have a benign build up of tissue under my vocal cords.

He said I should see a speech therapist to learn a way of speaking without hurting.

He is also sending me to a gastroenterologist to check my stomach and oesophagus to find out if I have a bacteria called H.plori.

Afterwards I regret not asking him if the benign tissue could be causing my vocal cords to get inflamed and sore when I speak.

I’m also worried and should have asked him further if I should be worried about the ‘benign’ tissue if it could turn onto something not so benign.

He said to go back to him if there’s no progress but never said how long I should leave to see progress.

So in the last 8/9 weeks I’ve seen little or no improvement, much easier to speak in the mornings but as the day progresses it gets much more painful to speak, literally like there’s glass in my vocal cords.

This is really bothering me now. Private and business life.
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